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Rich in its long, winding history and shrouded with mystique, Northern Vietnam has always held a magnetic quality. It has provided a pilgrimage for many hundreds of thousands of pairs of feet that have come to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that sit alongside a riot of colour and culture. The landscape lives and breathes the story of time. On this 7 day itinerary, journey with us as we highlight not only iconic sights but traverse the roads less travelled to reveal hidden gems.
4 nights accommodation in 4 star hotels
1 night at a local homestay
1 night aboard a Halong Bay cruise
Breakfast daily, 5x lunches, 2x dinners
All transportation with air-conditioned vehicles
Sightseeing and entrance fees
Services of a local English-speaking guide
International flights are additional
Day 1: Hanoi
Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi
Get ready to see Hanoi as very few others do. Today’s tour offers the perfect blend of iconic cultural sites of Hanoi and offbeat districts to sample some genuine local life before taking a gastronomy adventure in the Old Quarter.
Day 3: Hanoi – Suoi Mu
Head southwest on the Ho Chi Minh Road to the Tam Diep mountain range and stop for lunch at the top. Head down into the valley where beautiful scenery awaits. Reach a private lodge set by cascades and natural pools where you are hosted for the night by a family of Muong ethnic people.
Day 4: Suoi Mu – Ninh Binh
Today head to the Ninh Binh region, the so-called inland Halong Bay. Arrive in a hidden corner of the region for a lunch stop. The afternoon incorporates a scenic rowed sampan cruise to reach Tam Coc, the most renowned valley of the region for its towering limestone rocks and beautiful rice fields. A climb up Bich Dong pagoda also offers a breath-taking view of the area once at the top.
Day 5: Ninh Binh – Bai Dinh – Trang An
Explore the Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam with 500 La Han statues and the biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam – 10-metres in height, 100-tons in weight. A visit to the Trang An Grottoes is also on today’s itinerary. Take a boat trip to visit the incredible cave complex.
Day 6: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay
Today is an early wake up, early breakfast and early departure. Drive across the Red River Delta to reach the waters of Halong Bay. Embark on a beautifully crafted wooden junk for an overnight cruise in the legendary seascape of Halong Bay with excursions along the way. Overnight on board in a private cabin with bathroom.
Day 7: Halong Bay – Hanoi
For the early risers, a Tai Chi session is proposed along with the beautiful lights of sunrise. As you cruise back to port, brunch is served. Upon disembarkation, transfer to Hanoi Airport where tour arrangements end.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Valid for new bookings only. Valid for travel 01 October 2019 – 30 September 2020 or as otherwise specified and for sales to 30 September 2020. Prices are per person in New Zealand dollars. International airfares are additional. A non-refundable deposit of NZD250 per person is required at the time of reservation. With full payment required no later than 42 days prior to departure. Prices are correct as at 12 September 2019 but may vary due to currency fluctuations and are subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances until paid in full. Packages are subject to availability. Close-outs may apply. Surcharges may apply during festivals, events and public holidays – please enquire about dates. Cancellation and amendment fees apply. Airfares, Vietnam visa, travel insurance, departure taxes, personal expenses and gratuities are at passenger’s own expense. For full terms and conditions please click here.